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11 items from 2014

31 Days of Horror: ‘Antiviral’ is a contagiously good movie

5 October 2014 5:57 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Antiviral Film Poster


Written and directed by Brandon Cronenberg

Canada, 2012

When looking at horror films, there’s something about Canadian horror that helps it stand out and apart from its American counterpart. While most of the blockbusters out today depend on cheap thrills and scares alone, Canadian horror aims to make you think while trying to scare the pants off you. Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral (2012) is one such film that doesn’t try to scare you by having monsters jump out at you at every turn, but lets the audience’s imagination do all the work.

The film is set in a world where celebrity obsession is at an all time high. Stars are more than pop-culture icons, but gods. Entertainment news covers everything from their personal lives to their medical history, and people will pay and do just about anything to be closer to their idols. And what »

- Caitlin Marceau

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Sarah Gadon Joins Miramax’s ‘The 9th Life Of Louis Drax’

24 September 2014 11:22 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Canadian actress Sarah Gadon has landed the female lead in The 9th Life Of Louis Drax, the adaptation of Liz Jensen’s best selling novel that Alexandre Aja (Horns) is directing for Miramax. The thriller centers on Louis Drax, a young boy who suffers a near-fatal fall on his ninth birthday. A psychologist probing into the accident is drawn into a mystery that tests the boundaries of fantasy and reality. Gadon has emerged in recent years with striking back-to-back roles in Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral and David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, and won the role of Louis’ mother Natalie in a competitive casting search. She’ll star opposite Fifty Shades of Grey‘s Jamie Dornan as Dr. Allan Pascal and Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul, who is set to play the boy’s father.

Gadon also recently appeared in Enemy, Belle, and the animated feature The Nut Job and next »

- Jen Yamato

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Crowdfund This! Indie Horror Comic Gates Of Misery Brings Together Cronenberg, Konstanski And Knautz!

1 September 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Got a craving for some classically styled horror comics? So does artist Matthew Therrien. So he's gathering up a few friends and making them himself.While you may not know Therrien by name there's a fighting chance you may have seen his work as he's the man behind the Manborg comic adaptation and for his upcoming Gates Of Misery comic project he's calling in a trio of horror filmmakers to write original stories that he will illustrate for the comic. Contributing? Brandon Cronenberg (Antiviral), Steve Kostanski (Manborg) and John Knautz (Jack Brooks Monster Slayer). Therrien has set up a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed to get this thing going, so check out the pitch video below and support the campaign here....

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Indie Spotlight

31 August 2014 12:22 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details for Out of the Dark, Travelogue of Horror, and The Hunted, a trailer for The Scribbler and The Pyramid, a look at The Walker Stalkers’s music video Talk Dead to Me, advanced screening details for L.A. Slasher, and much more:

Out of the Dark Release Details and Photos: “Vertical Entertainment and Participant Media today announced that Vertical has acquired U.S. rights to Participant’s supernatural thriller Out of the Dark, and slated the film for an early 2015 theatrical release.

Starring Julia Stiles, Scott Speedman, and Stephen Rea, Out of the Dark is a ghost story set in South America, where a young family’s new life turns from promising to terrifying when they are forced to confront ancient legends, ghosts, and a haunting family secret. »

- Tamika Jones

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Set Report Part 1: Shock Heads to Ireland for ‘Dracula Untold’

15 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

This castle is under siege and there’s little I can do about it. I’m standing on the outskirts of a scene that is filled with panic. Dust hangs heavy in the air of the castle’s Great Hall. Its people - dressed in period garb courtesy of renown costume designer Ngila Dickson (the Lord of the Rings trilogy) - scramble for safety, dodging the bits of stone that fall to the floor. At any moment, one of the many spires that hang upside-down from the ceiling, like stalactites in a cave, could snap crushing anyone below. The Ottomans are attacking the castle, I’m told. And these frightened people - including Mirena (Sarah Gadon of Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral) - are awaiting the return of Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans, Fast & Furious 6). On cue, the doors to the Great Hall swing open and Tepes makes his entrance. Mirena greets him. »

- Ryan Turek

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Radio 66.6 - Weekly Music News: June 10, 2014

10 June 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We're back with another installment of Radio 66.6! This week features the latest news, music, videos and tour dates from the likes of AFI, Mastodon, Gwar, Every Time I Die, Linkin Park, Fozzy, In Flames, Mushroomhead, Exodus, Misery Signals, Twiztid and more. Don't touch that dial.


Gwar frontman and Holliston star Dave Brockie's (Aka Oderus Urungus) death has been ruled an accidental heroin overdose. May he rest in peace.

Fozzy will release their new album, Do You Wanna Start A War, on July 22 via Century Media Records.

Exodus have parted ways with frontman Rob Dukes and replaced him with former vocalist Steve Souza.


Listen to a new Mastodon song titled "Chimes At Midnight" here. Their new album, Once More ‘Round the Sun, comes out June 24 on Warner Bros.

A new In Flames song titled "Rusted Nail" leaked ahead of its official release; it can be heard here. Siren »

- Alex DiVincenzo

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Watch The Brandon Cronenberg Directed Video For Animalia's Stifling

4 June 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Things may have been quiet on the Brandon Cronenberg front since the release of Antiviral but that doesn't mean he hasn't been hard at work. No, Cronenberg's hard at work developing future feature ideas and while those are percolating he recently reteamed with cinematographer Karim Hussain to direct a music video for local electronic music artist Animalia for her track Stifling from their latest album Mouth Full Of Teeth. And - as you would hope - it's a weird one. Check it out below!...

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Review: Julianne Moore and Mia Wasikowska struggle to stay afloat in turgid 'Maps To The Stars'

18 May 2014 3:20 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Cannes -- Last time I was here on the Croisette, David Cronenberg was here with "Cosmopolis," and his son Brandon Cronenberg was here with "Antiviral." It was interesting seeing Brandon make a film that felt like it came from the young and squishy heart of his father, while David made a movie that felt like a genuine explosion of anger without a clear target to land on. It is easy to say that filmmakers lose steam as they work, that age and success mellow even the most genuinely furious artists, but I don't think that's the case with Cronenberg. After all, since the year 2000, he's made three films that I think are all very strong in their own way and very different than anything he'd done before. "Spider" is an upsetting glimpse into a damaged mind, one that traps us inside looking out rather than trying to explain or excuse. »

- Drew McWeeny

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You've Never Experienced Celebrities Like This Before

26 February 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

  Brandon Cronenberg, son of body-horror auteur David Cronenberg, made his feature debut in 2012 with a film about a celebrity-obsessed future in which a clinic obtains viruses from ill pop-culture stars in order to inject them into clients. Want the same sickness as Madonna or Britney Spears? No problem. Antiviral's cynical view showed us that even pathogens may one day be likened to designer shoes. Following in those footsteps seems to be BiteLabs. From what we can tell, it's a net art project criticizing celebrity culture/enviro issues, boasting “artisanal celebrity meat” – with tongue firmly planted in cheek (no pun intended). “It all starts with your favorite celebrities, and a quick biopsy to obtain tissue samples. Isolating...

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- Alison Nastasi

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Watch Other, A Powerful Short Film About Body Horror

11 February 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Body horror is a sticky subject. No, really. I wasn't just making a bad pun. In the wrong hands, attempts at stories of this kind can be simply disgusting. But when it is done well, body horror can yield evocative results. Brandon Cronenberg rocked audiences at Fantastic Fest a couple of years ago conjuring up his father David's spirit with the striking Antiviral (2011), and fellow Canadian Jesse T. Cook got even more gooey with Septic Man (2012) the following year. There are plenty of other examples, but it seems a lot of folks are thinking along the same bloodlines. Enter Daniel Delpurgatorio. If you've heard of him, odds are it was his contribution to the long form version of Zac Snyder's Watchmen (2009) that afforded him...

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Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2013

2 January 2014 7:15 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Another year has come to an end, which means it's time for the Dread Central staff to weigh in with their picks of the best and worst of 2013's horror offerings. We're giving you a full dozen lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers.

We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers. We averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:

Best: Maniac

Runners-up: The Conjuring, Evil Dead

Worst: Texas Chainsaw 3D

Runners-up: The Purge, The Last Exorcism Part II

Check out the Dread Central staff's Best of and Worst of lists for 2013 by following the links below!

[Andrew Kasch]

[Anthony Arrigo]

[Brad McHargue]

[Buz "Danger" Wallick]

[Debi "The Woman in Black" Moore]

[The Foywonder]

[Gareth "Pestilence" Jones]



[Scott "Doctor Gash" Hallam]

[Staci Layne Wilson]

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Stoker: Chan-wook Park delivered some next-level filmmaking and his best film since Oldboy with his U. »

- Uncle Creepy

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